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8 Healthy Habits That Make You Radiant

How to Achieve a More Youthful Appearance, Naturally

By Natalie Nichols, Health & Beauty Writer         
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Chances are, you know her. Your eyes probably turn green with envy as soon as she walks into the room. She’s the one who consistently looks effortlessly beautiful without makeup. She’s most likely your age (or older), yet looks younger than you. Her skin always glows. Her smile lights up even the most overcast day, and her positive energy is contagious. You’ve probably told yourself, “She’s had work done,” or, “It must be good genes!” But what if I told you that anyone can achieve a healthier, more youthful appearance without turning to a cosmetic surgeon or using any magical beauty products at all?
Simply paying attention to your body’s needs and keeping up with a few healthy habits can help you get that gorgeous glow women long for. And trying the following tips will not only help you look radiant, but feel better on the inside, too!
Eat Clean
One of the best ways to achieve positively glowing, younger-looking skin is to focus on what you’re putting inside your body. If you’ve been a part of SparkPeople for a while now, you should know how important it is to eat your fruits and vegetables to achieve optimal health. And this goes for your body’s overall health--including your skin. Avoiding processed foods and eating a nutrient-rich diet filled with dark, leafy greens (like kale), root vegetables (like sweet potatoes), fruit with high antioxidant content (like blueberries and raspberries), fiber-filled nuts and whole, gluten-free grains can help your skin look more supple, minimize fine lines and even out your skin tone. Try these easy ways to meet your daily fruit and vegetable quota to reap the rewards of gorgeous, radiant skin.
Drink Your Weight in Water
Want to look younger and feel more energized? Put. Down. That. Soda. Soft drinks are still the most popular beverage in the United States. And what is taking up the number two spot? Water. This is quite scary considering that our bodies are roughly 60 percent water. Sugar-laden soft drinks and even their diet counterparts can dehydrate the body, which results in fluid imbalance, less energy and even breakouts. Drinking the recommended eight glasses of H20 every day will not only hydrate your skin and other important organs, but also maintain your body’s fluid balance.

And when your body’s fluid is in a balanced state, you can absorb more nutrients from good foods, digest your meals properly and regulate your body temperature. This means a healthier you will emerge from the inside, out! Water can also flush your body of toxins which, in turn, clears up blemishes, leaving your skin softer, smoother and younger-looking. Bonus: Drinking water can give you energy boosts throughout the day, so reach for another glass of water instead of coffee or soda when you’re feeling tired and groggy mid-afternoon.
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About The Author

Natalie Nichols Natalie Nichols
Natalie lost nearly 30 pounds the SparkPeople way before becoming a health and beauty contributor to the site. A self-proclaimed "girly girl," Natalie couldn't bear to break a sweat when she was younger, but now can't imagine living a life without exercise. In her spare time she practices yoga, enjoys cooking and stays involved in her community. Leading by example, she hopes to inspire others to live healthier and happier lifestyles, too.

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  • I agree with many of the posts but will add that whatever makes us love our body more is good for us both inside and out. I do see a difference from drinking lots of water and its effect on my skin - which becomes less dry and itchy - so that pleases me very much. When people are in love, their whole body glows - I think loving ourselves well (however you personally define it) makes us glow too! - 8/25/2015 6:40:50 PM
  • I'm with MIAMIAMIA20. Why did you sneak in the "gluten-free" concept? This is the first time I have ever seen a claim of global benefits attributed to this fad, which is a legitimate dietary restriction for a very few people. There is no reason for the average person to buy gluten-free products and there is no proof of a benefit.

    I also agree with KB42AND FIT. I am disappointed that you join in the culture that celebrates superficial youthfulness and implies that women are not attractive if they don't look like those airbrushed magazine covers. "Green with envy"???? Wow. What are we, in junior high school? - 4/25/2015 7:40:07 AM
  • I agree with most of this article although I feel some of the claims lack scientific evidence. I would like to see some citations for them. Specifically these points:

    - gluten-free grains instead of other, wholewheat options (there's really no reason to avoid gluten if you don't have any gluten-related disorders such as celiac disease, and they are quite rare)

    - exactly how much water a person needs (the 8 cups per day guideline we often see is really just a guesstimation that isn't scientifically proven), if it really has an impact on your appearance and whether other beverages really dehydrate the body - 4/24/2015 5:59:54 AM
  • I think a lot of the comments are right, genetics plays a role! I got lucky hitting the genetics jackpot myself. However, I think being careful with sun exposure was left out. Getting sleep, water, eating clean, exercising and reducing stress are the most helpful ideas! Anything you do to keep the body in great shape has to be helpful and keep you feeling optimal~ - 11/4/2014 3:08:04 PM
  • I used to smoke, I used to drink, sure social, but I was a party girl, long after the girl was very much a women. And there were the social indulging in drugs. How did this affect my skin, hair, general look? I didn't know until I quit. I looked healthier, younger, every part of me was more radiant. Yes I have good genes. but you can take the most beautiful women and subject her to bad habits, and see how she declines in appearance.
    Not everyone who is eating healthy, exercising,gettin
    g sleep, are going to turn into a knockout beauty. But they are going to look a lot better than if they didn't.. That's what this article is saying.
    When I don't sleep, I'm under stress, i show it right away. And since i am vain, yeah, I admit it, that's why I hated myself when I became obese. I take one look at the circles, dull hair, and know that I have to take steps to get back on track.
    there's nothing wrong in wanting to look attractive, as long as that isn't all a person is about.
    As women and men, we should do everything to keep ourselves looking and feeling the best we can.
    I'm happy to say I'm near 73.
    I'm too afraid of scars, blood and pain to have any nips and tucks. So I gotta work with what I got and that's the way it is. - 10/8/2014 12:18:04 PM
  • I have to agree with KB42ANDFIT in this is a VERY gender sexist post. However, I also have to say it's a pretty useless post as well. I'm not trying to be the bearer of bad new but I do all those things and I still look my age. LOL (happily so) Sorry ladies and gentleman (see Spark?? THAT's how you include..) but genetics plays a roll in this...and if you're truly vain, plastic surgery :o)

    Now, the article WAS great for daily living habits. and I think THAT's what the article should have been geared for. I'll take my 5 points though. :o)
    - 10/2/2014 12:15:12 PM
  • Thank you very much for this inspiration post.

    Sometimes we forget to relax and take some time off, even when we are relaxing!

    Great article! - 9/29/2014 2:33:01 AM
  • Oh, excellent, excellent, EXCELLENT points. Thanks so much for putting all the ducks in a row! I am sixty, have always consciously practiced each of these directives thanks to the teachings of my wonderfully wise mother and her mother and her - well, you get my point :) People are always shocked when I tell them my age, guessing me at early 40's at the outside. Yes, I am very pleased lol. The best advice is the simple stuff, so keep preaching it, girl! - 8/12/2013 10:59:24 PM
    Would you write this article with the lede in male pronouns? If not, don't write it for women either. Why shouldn't I celebrate my achievements of having lived 40+ years successfully and happily? - 8/12/2013 10:33:56 AM

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